Manchester United has created a shortlist of five people to take over as interim manager


Manchester United have five names on their shortlist and the club is moving to appoint a new interim manager, who will look for the rest of the season.

Until Mauricio Pochettino’s manager of ilk becomes available, a new report suggests a temporary appointment could be made in the meantime – including five outstanding candidates.

The Daily Mail reports that Ernesto Valverde, Lucian Favre, Ralph Rangnick, Paulo Fonseca and Rudy Garcia have been shortlisted to take on the role of head coach until the end of the current season.

However, as history shows with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Soulsjer in 2018, circumstances could change very quickly if a temporary manager hits the ground running.

The most high-profile and arguably most sought-after name on the list is Valverde, who was recently in charge of FC Barcelona. Over the course of three years, he managed to win back-to-back La Liga titles and a lone Copa del Rey trophy.

Instead, however, his tenure was defined by Barcelona’s disastrous Champions League semi-final defeat to Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp’s side overcame a 3-0 first-leg deficit.

Ralph Rangnick is another contender with a good resume who helped turn RB Leipzig into perennial Bundesliga title contenders.

The German is also a football revolutionary and is credited with popularizing ‘gegenpressing’ in his home country.

Another manager on the shortlist who has previous experience in the Bundesliga is Lucien Favre, who was last employed by Borussia Dortmund.

He quit as manager with the DFB Pokal Trophy to his name, although it was previously his work with Borussia Monchengladbach that made him the Swiss coach.

Former Lyon coach Rudy Garcia may also be in line. The Frenchman did a fine job of reinventing Lyon after several baron years leading up to a remarkable win over Manchester City in the 2019/20 Champions League quarter-final stage.

He is a former Ligue 1 winner who led the Eden Hazard’s Lillee to the domestic title in 2011.

Paulo Fonseca is a name familiar to Spurs fans, as the former Roma head coach was heavily associated with his vacant manager role over the summer.

And yet, if Michael Carrick can maintain his good start as a caretaker manager, all five will eventually be put away.

The former midfielder was in charge of Tuesday night’s visit to Villarreal, which saw a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and a 2-0 win over Jadon Sancho’s club.

After Soxjayer’s somewhat opportunistic appointment, don’t bet against the United board’s choice to stick with Carrick until the end of the season – especially if PSG boss Pochettino cannot be hired until next summer.

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